softball earns second seed in cc playoffs
As a result, Ursinus is the top seed and host for next
Muhlenberg’s final CC record of 12-4 was its best since 2001, and its eight-game improvement from last year’s 4-12 mark tied for the best in league history, matching Haverford’s 2005-06 jump.
The Bears (28-8, 13-3) pushed across the lone run in the second inning of the opener. Batting against a pitcher who came in with a 0.78 ERA and nearly 300 strikeouts, the Mules (18-15 overall) went down 1-2-3 only twice. They advanced runners to third base in the second and seventh but could not push the tying run across.
Muhlenberg took advantage of Ursinus fielding mistakes to plate two early runs in Game 2. Senior RiRi Ferrigno knocked in the first with a two-out single in the first inning, and sophomore Alyssa Epstein scored the second on an error after leading off the third with a single.
Ursinus put the tying runs in scoring position in the top of the sixth when sophomore Ashley Brewer came in to relieve classmate Alyssa Bruckner. Brewer allowed one run to score on a single, but got the next two batters on a strikeout and groundout to keep the Mules ahead.
Freshman Maggie Scarpelli singled in Brewer with an insurance run in the bottom of the inning. With the tying runs in scoring position again in the top of the seventh, Brewer struck out the final batter to earn her second save. She also went over 100 strikeouts for the season, only the second Mule hurler to do so.
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